Why Four Volumes?
When I published Field of Orbs in January 2011, many readers expressed concern about the story’s length. I wrote the story as one volume because, in spite of my dubious ability to spin riveting prose, it runs a fascinating course. I felt separate books could cause unwanted interruptions, making the concept incompatible with the story flow.
In its original format, I’ve received some 3 am phone calls having the specific intent to call me names. After I’m awake, I hear their complaint. I’m an *expletive* because the second half of the book kept them reading without taking a break until the end. The ending twists stun them. The late-night calls are good reviews of the original format. Rewriting the story as a serial appeals to many readers. Publishers tell me smaller books add the benefit of allowing physical publishing.
With the story complete and reviews coming, rather than investing effort to market the existing book, I began a rewrite. I believed creating a trilogy should be a straightforward slam-dunk. Nope. I struggled most of the next year to make three sections work into three serial volumes with no satisfaction. I gave up, finding no resolution.
I wish life would allow accomplishing my plans in the time I desire. Opportunities and disasters don’t flow in trouble-free currents. Chaos stepped in to have its way with me for a few years. In 2014, after abating the chaos in my life, I restarted my attempts to salvage the trilogy. I expected over time, I might learn a few things to help. A fresh viewpoint couldn’t hurt.
Nope. The trilogy wouldn’t work. However, I discovered the story has four natural segments. I had to bring out some element in the first book to make a complete opening story.
a year three years later, the story does work as a serial. The hacking inflicted pain but stays faithful to the original tale. The first volume sets the story in motion. The next two add to the adventure and the fourth volume answers all the questions.
Crawl forward to May 2018. The first book is written, and I expect to publish it in
April August 2017 March 2018. Yippee!
Onward to edit the next book for publishing. The remaining three books are written and in various stages of editing.
The Field of Orbs Series
Volume One: “Battle for Innocence”
Volume Two: “Discoveries of the Ancients”
Volume Three: “Struggle for Hope”
Volume Four: “Cradle of Life”